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Country rank: 11 out of 14 Places To Visit In Oman

Sub-Region: Middle-East


Ideal duration: 2-3 Days

Best time: October - April (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Sur Airport (Check Flights)


"Reset by the turquoise beaches"

SUR Tourism

Sur is best known for the craftsmanship associated with boats or traditional 'Dhows'. Shipbuilding, particularly building wooden ships is a trade that is a part of Sur’s rich heritage. Sur is the second wealthiest city in Oman, with a population of around 120,000 residents. Sur is characterised by a typically hot desert climate, making it the perfect place to sunbathe on the exotic beaches indulge in some local delicacies. It has a lot of attractions to visit and experience the rich Omani culture. Sur is the base for many day trip destinations like- Ras-al- Hadd, Wadi Shab, Wahiba Sands and many more. 

The Lighthouse, the Old town, Ayjah watchtowers are a few that must not be ignored. Other beautiful spots include- Sunay Silah Fort, Bilad Sur Castle, Dhow yard and also the great Fatah Al Khair.

Sur is an ideal location for all. It is best suited for those who have a keen interest in knowing the culture and heritage of different places. Explore the ancient city of Qalhat,  appreciate the ancient architecture of 'Bibi Maryam Tomb', watch turtles laying eggs at Ras al Jinz Reserve, learn about the maritime history of Oman at the Marine museum, trek through the mountains to reach Wadi Shab, and so much more. Sur is a great place to immerse oneself in the unique atmosphere along the Corniche, and to enjoy the picturesque view of the Arabian Sea.  Sur calls out to those who are willing to rest and explore Omani culture.

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One has to take a flight to Muscat; the capital city of Oman and then drive or take a bus or a taxi to Sur. It is approx 200 kilometres away from Muscat and takes about 2 to 2.5 hours by road.

Weather in Sur is generally warm round the year. The hottest months are from June to August. While during January and February, Sur receives short and fleeting rainfall. Also, the temperature is the lowest during the month of December and February.

Sur was one of the most important trading ports of Oman. A historically important trading port, Sur’s place as a commercial hub was even noted by Ibn Batuta. Sur's Dhow yards are world famous and is also considered as the home of the great 'Sinbad' the Sailor. The city has a reputation for being one of the great ship-building communities of the ancient world and has had trading relations with China and India from the 6th century.

The rial is the currency of Oman. The currency code for rial is OMR. At the time of writing, the exchange rate stands at 1 OMR = 2.60 USD.

Currency in Oman can be exchanged at banks and other exchange houses of the Sultanate. Al Jadeed Exchange corporate office, Oman UAE Exchange, Modern Exchange, HSBC Bank are a few exchange houses of Sur that give the most competitive rates. Although ATMs are available almost everywhere it is advised that visitors use the ATMs that are attached to banks to avoid instances of bank fraud.

Omani coffee and dates are the most essential part of Omani life when it comes to food. There are hundreds of world-famous varieties of dates in Oman. Kahwa, or Omani coffee, is a beloved beverage that is offered to the guests and is a mark of hospitality. Mishak, Omani bread, Shuwa and fresh seafood is something that one should not even think of missing. These local delicacies cuisines are mouth-watering, made with exotic Omani spices and traditional methods of cooking. To satiate your sweet tooth, indulge in some Halwa, a confectionery made from brown sugar, honey, eggs and various spices. This sweet delicacy can be stored for a long time, retaining its quality and is generally offered to visitors as yet another sign of hospitality.

Ship-building (Dhow-building) is a tradition and way of culture and life in Sur. It is a city where craft thrives and also serves as the pride of the people who live there. Sur has rich cultural values and hospitality is clearly one of them. People in Sur are very welcoming and consider hospitality as a mark of high esteem. Traditional Sur garb includes the 'Dishdasha' - a long white collarless gown for men and the Sirwal, a long dress with trousers, worn along with a Lihaf, a head-scarf for women.

There aren't any nightclubs or dance bars that party-goers can revel into the early hours of the morning, but Sur has a vibrant nightlife in its own right. The Al-Ayjah Harbour lights up after the sun sets and watching the city lights dance on the brooding waters is truly a sight t0 behold.

Omani perfumes are world-renowned and have been for centuries, and perfumeries have long-since been a part of Omani heritage. The Khanjar, an Omani dagger, is an artefact that epitomises Oman's rich traditions and their link to the past and can be bought as souvenirs from many traditional souvenir stores. Ibra Souq, the local spice-market, is a must-visit attraction that allows visitors to take in all the bold scents, sounds, flavours, and colours of this ancient city.

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